Original three-page typed letter signed from John Irving to James Salter, 1998

N.p. N.p., 1998. A three page typed letter signed from John Irving to James Salter, with the first leaf on Irving's letterhead, dated July 28, 1998, with six annotations in holograph marker, in Irving's hand, correcting grammar, with the valediction of "Love to and from all," signed, "John."

A warm, convivial, and amusing letter, in response to a letter from Salter, regarding family matters, Random House editor Kate Medina, and pre-production of the 1999 Academy Award winning film, "The Cider House Rules," based on Irving's 1985 novel.

Irving begins humoring about forgetting to write on hotel stationary, having been impressed by Salter's choice of hotel stationary, "I would be happiest to be writing on something that doesn't have Vermont on the letterhead." Continuing, he expresses unease about an impending potential family move, and frets about enrollment at his and his wife, Janet Turnbull Irving's new school—likely the Maple Street School, which Turnbull Irving co-founded in 1998. Irving then relays a charming and humorous anecdote about their seven year old, Eva Everett Irving (then Everett), competing in a swimming competition at summer camp, before discussing, and expressing concern for, Random House Editor, Kate Medina, and her husband's illness (Standish Medina Jr. passed away the following year from leukemia).

"Leaving the least for last," Irving discusses the pre-production of the film "The Cider House Rules," noting director Lasse Hallstöm's assistance with creating devices to emulate the novel's "'epic' use of the passage of time," having already written two drafts and will likely have "at least another draft or two to get through before the September commencement of principal photography." (Irving's screenplay would win the 2000 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.) Irving then relays an amusing, if not irksome, story regarding the casting of the character of Dr. Wilbur Larch. Irving, Hallstöm, and Mirimax producer Richard N. Gladstein, all of whom must be in agreement on casting choices, decided on offering the role to Ed Harris (having also considered Max von Sydow and Robert Duvall.) After a game of golf between Miramax co-founder, Harvey Weinstein, and Sean Connery, Weinstein offered the role to Connery. "He seems a poor choice for an ether addict performing abortions in Maine. That's what can come of golf, I guess. And that's Hollywood." Michael Caine would ultimately play the role of Larch, and win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Irving closes having just received a call from Hallstöm to eliminate the "wheelis" (Ferris wheel) scene, " So, having eliminated it once before, and having put it back in, I shall eliminate it again. You know how that goes."

A personal and insightful correspondence between two familiars.

Letters, 8.5 x 11 inches. Folded twice horizontally for mailing, else Near Fine.


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